The Onondaga County Health Department today announced that Jamesville Beach located in the Town of Lafayette is closed to swimming due to high levels of bacteria in the water. Swimming will not be allowed until bacteria levels return to acceptable levels. The Health Department monitors public beach water quality routinely and closes swimming when bacteria levels exceed acceptable standards.
Most varieties of E. coli are harmless or cause brief diarrhea. While only some types of bacteria will cause gastrointestinal illness, the presence of E. coli bacteria is an indicator of increased general bacterial action in the water. Anyone concerned about their gastrointestinal symptoms should contact their health care provider.